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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: D
  • Menus Rating: D
  • Extras Rating: F
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 61
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z

Dragonball Z TV #24: Frieza - Clash

    December 24, 2003
Release Date: August 21, 2001


Dragonball Z TV #24: Frieza - Clash
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.


What They Say
Three complete episodes: "Clash Of The Superpowers" (episode 73) - Goku and Frieza continue to match strength and wits on Namek. A clever underwater attack puts Goku on top until Frieza traps him in an energy ball. It's pinball style fun for Frieza as he bats Goku around, but being trapped in the exploding ball proves to be a deadly game for Goku! "Frieza's Boast" (episode 74) - To prove his superiority, Frieza vows to beat Goku without using his hands. But after a few painful lessons, the mighty Saiyan has Frieza eating his words. Elswhere on Namek, Captain Ginyu manages to pull the ol' switcheroo on Bulma, leaving her trapped in the body of a frog! "Bold And Fearless" (episode 75) - Captain Ginyu returns to the battlefield, but his time, in Bulma's body! Can Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan handle this Femme Fatale? And when Frieza powers up to fifty percent of his maximum, Goku is totally outclassed by the evil supergiant! Without and cards up his sleeve, where does Goku go from here?


The Review!
More fighting goodness. Oh joy!

Audio:

Audio is identical to the other DBZ TV discs, English stereo, Japanese mono. The Japanese track was solid as usual. My only experience with the horribly-dubbed English track occurred by accident, as after the last episode the disc plays the dubbed-preview for the next episode.

Video:

I detected a few scattered rainbows, but the video was up to par with the previous volumes, have no problems except some minor print damage.

Packaging:

This time it’s a fairly decent capture of Goku punching Frieza, but then again, this is a recycled VHS screenshot… with dubbed episodes descriptions on back. YOU CALL THIS ARTKWORK!? It’s too bad FUNi is too cheap to get some real artwork. No insert for you! That "INCLUDED 2 VERSIONS…" text is REALLY starting to annoy me now. FUNi, you have established that the DVDs are bilingual, congratulations. Now stop it! All the logos on the front cover take up fifty percent of the space on the cover, and they just look unsightly. I would appreciate a picture from a DBZ art book over this cover. What really upsets me here is that FUNimation used a spider-case DVD casing. I HATE these things. I order most of my DVDs online, and the mail services in this country aren’t exactly the gentlest. Most of the spider legs which hold the DVD in place snapped off in route and I had to buy replacement DVD cases for it. Boo…

Menus:

The menus haven’t changed much from the previous ones, and it’s actually an improvement that it now plays all episodes without returning to the main menu after each episode finishes. What’s worse here is that the chapter selection only works for the English version, and there seems to be no way to access the last closing theme of the 3rd episode on this disc. After the episode itself, the dub preview plays, followed by the English end credits and the DVD credits. To top it off, at least on my DVD player, the tracks are locked on this disc and I can’t even skip to the last closing theme even if I wanted to. This is some piss-poor menu programming.

Extras:
I don't care how many times FUNimation lists previews for edited, dubbed VHS tapes as "extras;" it will not make them so.

Content:

Well, FUNimation has improved its product here, but we still have a few problems. The major improvement is that finally, the episodes are not spliced together. We get each the opening theme, show, ending theme for each episode. Sound great? One problem: after the last episode the English dubbed preview starts, and then ends with the English ending. So, we only get 2 Japanese endings when we should get 3. Also, the eye catchers are still missing. This is rather annoying, as the break between part A and part B on each episode is obvious, and FUNimation’s sound engineers did not fully mute the sound, so you can hear the last “TING” of the missing eye catcher when the show starts again. Also, with the openings and endings, all that’s here is the textless versions, and while I enjoy looking at them, I find it somewhat insulting that nowhere does FUNimation credit the original creators of the program outside Toriyama and the Executive Producer. Finally, as always, the original previews, as well as the dubbed previews, are gone. FUNimation claims their master tapes of the previews lack the audio track. In that case, they should just re-request them from Toei or get them from the I-channel. However, FUNimation is a lazy company, so I think that, sadly, no amount of complaining will change this.

As for the show itself? Come on, it's DBZ, the greatest anime series of all time.

The great battle between Frieza and Goku really gets underway with this volume with some mighty interesting fighting sequences. The fight illustrates that Goku and Frieza are not really seriously trying to hurt each other, but are merely playing around. However, underneath the façade, we can see that Goku is definitely not as powerful or fast as Frieza – he just can’t get in as many blows as his opponent can. As Goku begins to realize his limitations, Frieza announces that while he knows Goku is not using his full power, Frieza himself is not using 1/3 of his maximum power, of which he claims half would be enough to turn Goku and the planet into space dust. Things are generally not going well here, as it now appears clearly that Goku is overwhelmed and is losing this fight. Happily, to break up some of the dramatic tension, there’s some comic relief from Chichi and company back on Earth attempting to blast-off into space to save Gohan, as well as Bulma meeting up with Ginyu as a frog and the interesting things that happen to those two. In general, though, this disc gives fans more great action, and with Goku slowly losing the battle, it will be interesting to see what he does in the later volumes.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Daewoo DVG-5000N DVD player with 25" Panasonic Stereo TV

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